Liesl & Po is a story about many things: ghosts, magic, mix-ups, and friendship, as well as potatoes, stray kittens, mittens, and thieves. It is also, more than anything else, a story of hope. In it, we discover that from very dark places can come very beautiful things, and that there can be unexpected color at the end of long, gray, dusty roads.
I wrote Liesl & Po when I was in the middle of my own dull and gray place: one of my very best friends had just died, leaving me feeling hollow. In many ways, Liesl’s journey toward acceptance of her father’s death was my journey, too. I wrote myself into her; I followed her footsteps as she made her way home, toward a place where she could reach a place of peace. And in the process, I found my own kind of peace.
So as you track Liesl through the pages of this book, know that every word is a footprint, a mark of the road I have journeyed.
This book is very special to me. I hope it will be special to you too.